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Wicklow’s emergency services run 10k to raise funds for Purple House in Bray

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Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

Purple House emergency services run

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Purple House emergency services run

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On Sunday morning there was a large gathering of emergency service vehicles and personnel at Greystones Marina.

Members of various blue-light organisations and other first responders had come together to take part in a charity fun run in aid of Purple House cancer support in Bray.

The group of 60 runners completed a 10 kilometre course from Greystones to Bray’s Seafront in their uniforms to raise vital funds for the charity.

Director of Operations at Purple House cancer support, Conor O’Leary said: “These are our local heroes. They put their lives on the line every day to save lives. It is really incredible that they have stepped up to this. It is an epic challenge. There are so many families impacted by cancer and this is a great community day where everyone is coming to gather to help each other.”

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The runners came from all branches of Wicklow’s emergency services. There were teams representing the gardaí, fire service, ambulance service, civil defence, coast guard, lifeguards, mountain rescue, community first responders and others.

The day was glorious and the weather was perfect for a run in the lifeguards uniform of T-shirt, shorts and carrying a light floatation device. The same couldn’t be said for the fire fighters attire. Their kit was very bulky, and not only the heaviest but also the hottest of any of the services.

Station Officer Wicklow Fire Service, Ciaran Hayden said: “Its great to do the event with our emergency service colleagues. It’s great to give something back. We have four running today in their structural fire fighting kit. They’re from Greystones with a further five on call. They’re fit lads and up for it.”

The run was the brainchild of two community policing gardai – Deirdre Murphy and Sandra Tierney who work in the Bray and Greystones garda stations respectively. .

Garda Deirdre Murphy said: ”Sandra and I wanted to do something to help the community and also to celebrate the centenary of An Garda Síochána. We had heard of a uniform run and said that could work well. Cancer touches everyone’s life so it was an easy choice to make to support this great charity.”

A quick poll of participant mood revealed cautious optimism. National Ambulance Service officer, Ronan Clarke said: “Its going to be tough during the first half. There are 10 of us and to be honest I’m winging it and have only been out doing long walks with the family, but its for a good cause so I’m going to get it done.”

Wicklow Civil Defence officer Anthony McDonald said: “Its great to get out and meet colleagues.’ Through a smile he said: “The run will be tough, but I’m hoping adrenaline will kick in.”

Greystones Wicklow Coast Guard officer Kevin O Neill said: “We eight volunteers running and we are delighted to be taking part today. I’m not so much worried about our uniform more my legs!”

Poseidon Sea Rescue Lifeguard Emily Fahey said: “I think we have the best uniform for running. I expect to be a little bit tired at the end, but it is for such a good cause.”

After a warm up led by the Gardai, the athletes filed out behind a fleet of emergency vehicles with lights flashing, and onto the road towards Bray. The climb up to Bray head was  the toughest part of the run for most, especially those in full uniform.

Thankfully the group made it to the crest and the gentle downhill remainder of the course. Encouragement was always on hand from onlookers and the event support team.

A stop at Purple House cancer support itself in Bray before the finish line allowed the runners a chance to tie ribbons on the railings in solidarity with those affected by cancer and to honour them. Then it was on to the seafront and the finish at the bandstand.

Garda Murphy said: “The event turned out to be double the size we initially thought it would be. It has been great to be out running for the sake of running and not trying to catch someone.”

She said the new garda uniform was also a help. ”It is so much better than before and very practical. I think people were surprised and glad to see guards running for Purple House and not after suspects. We’re so grateful for all the support we’re received for such a good cause.”

At the finish line a large team of volunteers including workers from Jabil Healthcare in Bray were on hand to help while the Martello provided refreshments. The Harbour Ukuleles serenaded the crowd. So far over €5,555.00 has been raised exceeding the initial €3,000 target. To donate go to idonate.ie and search for Bray District Emergency Services 10km Uniform run in aid of Purple House.


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